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spasm

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noun \ˈspa-zəm\

Simple Definition of spasm

  • : a sudden uncontrolled and often painful tightening of a muscle

  • : a sudden and usually brief occurrence of something you cannot control

Full Definition of spasm

  1. 1 :  an involuntary and abnormal muscular contraction

  2. 2 :  a sudden violent and temporary effort, emotion, or sensation <a spasm of creativity> <spasms of pain>

spasm intransitive verb

Examples of spasm

  1. a disease that causes muscle spasms

  2. He was racked with coughing spasms.

  3. She was suffering spasms of guilt.



Origin of spasm

Middle English spasme, from Anglo-French espasme, from Latin spasmus, from Greek spasmos, from span to draw, pull


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with spasm


SPASM Defined for Kids

spasm

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noun \ˈspa-zəm\

Definition of spasm

  1. 1 :  a sudden uncontrolled and often painful tightening of muscles <back spasms>

  2. 2 :  a sudden, strong, and temporary effort, emotion, or outburst <a spasm of coughing> <a spasm of guilt>




Medical Dictionary

spasm

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noun \ˈspaz-əm\

Medical Definition of spasm

  1. 1:  an involuntary and abnormal contraction of muscle or muscle fibers or of a hollow organ (as an artery, the colon, or the esophagus) that consists largely of involuntary muscle fibers

  2. 2:  the state or condition of a muscle or organ affected with spasms <the renal artery went into spasm>





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